We're honored to support so many movers, shakers, explorers, travelers, athletes and adventurers. Here's a bit more about our team.

KRISTI
Olympic Medalist & World Champ

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BRIAN
Author & Climber

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JEN
Professional Climber

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CODY
Outdoor Photographer

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TAMMY
Climber & Adventurer

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LUKE
Outdoor Enthusiast

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NICHOLE
Pathologist & Mountain Biker

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CHRISSI
Skydiver & OCR Athlete

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ROBYN
Professional Runner

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ADAEZE
Traveler & Writer

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TEAM HEXT
Spartan Racing Team

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BRITTANY
Travel & Adventure Photographer

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BRlAN
Spartan Racer

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LIZZY
Climber and Guide

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JOSH
Student and Fisherman

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KRISTI CASTLIN

Olympic Medalist & World Champ

Eight long years to Olympic trials and then a history-making win in Rio. Kristi never considered quitting, knew she would succeed, and continued to keep faith despite many obstacles.

Her story is currently inspiring student-athletes across the nation, and brings hope to people in all walks of life and in all professions.

NO HURDLE TOO HIGH

In 2016, Kristi and her teammates, Brianna Rollins and Nia Ali, made history by becoming the first Team USA women to sweep an Olympic track and field event. It was also the first time any country has swept women’s high hurdles. For Kristi, her Olympic Bronze Medal was the crowning achievement in a long upward surge toward success, including many international and national wins.

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Kristi began running track at the age of 14 after four years as a dedicated cheerleader. She went on to be a four-time Georgia State Champion as well as a school, county, region, and state record holder. In her senior year she won the Wendy’s High School Heisman award. She was a high achiever as a four-time time NCAA runner up, ACC champion, ACC record holder, and school record holder.

Kristi has competed in over 40 different countries, and continues to rank in the top ten worldwide for 100-meter hurdles.

Kristi was just as focused and dedicated in her educational studies. She signed a full scholarship to Virginia Tech after receiving numerous scholarship offers. She graduated with honors, earning a 4.0 average and a degree in political science. 

She was also president of the National French Honors Society.

BEATING THE ODDS

Kristi is committed to speaking openly about her experiences with the type of random violence that can sometimes strike innocent citizens without warning. She lost her father to gun violence at a young age, and was at Virginia Tech during the mass shooting in 2007. She also meets many fans who generously relate their own similar encounters. Her success demonstrates that everyone can rebound from tragedy with even greater strength, and can prosper despite extreme obstacles.

In a recent interview, Kristi remarked: “I want kids, adults, everyone to know that despite hard times, a hard life, and personal tragedy, you can still achieve joy, happiness and success.

IT’S A NEW DAY

Constantly pushing herself to surpass past accomplishments, Kristi continues to train for competition. In the aftermath of her Rio win, she’€™s also visited the White House, been seen on the runway in sponsored fashion shows, made an appearance on the Steve Harvey show, and become Health & Fitness Ambassador for the Seattle Sounders FC. In addition, she remains the U.S. Ambassador of Sport to the country of Guyana.

Kristi continues to share her motivational story with NCAA student-athletes across the U.S., so that her wealth of knowledge, positive attitude and lifelong determination can inspire others to greatness.

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BRIAN DICKINSON

Author & Climber
Author, Motivational Speaker, Adventurer, former US Navy Air Rescue Swimmer.
Adventures – Everest, Island Peak, Aconcagua, Patagonia, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Kosciusko, Vinson Massif (Antarctica), Cascades, Waddington Range, Alaska Range, Canadian Rockies, Smokies, Sierra, White Mountains, Appalachian, Andes, Himalaya, Caucasus Mountains, Sentinel Range, Marathons, Swam Alcatraz, Adventure Races, Ultras, OCR, Surfing, Rock/Ice Climbing, Rappelling, Backcountry Touring (split board), Snowboarding, Mountain Biking. 
Military – Former US Navy Air Rescue Swimmer / Combat Search and Rescue
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JEN SHULTZ

Professional Climber

Hi! My name is Jennifer, and I’m a climbing, peakbagging, homeschooling, adventure-loving mother, currently residing at the base of the Sierras with my husband, and our two children. I’m also a woman living with Lupus (SLE) and Celiac Disease, two commonly co-occurring autoimmune disorders.

Being a family of climbers, we’re often outdoors. When not out on the rocks, you can find us camping, hiking, exploring our favorite known mountainous areas, finding new ones, or training/goofing-off in our recently-built climbing cave.

Trained as an Epidemiologist, I was readying for medical school after years of putting myself through college as a single mom, when life threw a curve ball, dramatically altering my course. My father was diagnosed with Stage 4 Multiple Myeloma and needed care. After moving North to be with him while he underwent 2 years of chemo followed by a stem-cell transplant, I joined the local SAR group’s mountaineering/climbing course where a new path awaited (along with my future husband).

It wasn’t long before I developed an intense passion for climbing. Being placed in the present moment, weaknesses front and center while being forced to seek out strengths in order to ascend a route so closely mimics overcoming life’€™s challenges. This fundamental part of climbing is ever-present, and there’€™s nothing quite like being 100’s of feet off the deck, route finding, totally relying on yourself and your partner in every way.

Does living with multiple chronic illnesses makes an adventurous lifestyle tricky? Definitely. Impossible? Not a chance. Through years of demanding no less than the right to follow my dreams, I’ve realized that “impossible” is only a state of mind. Healthy eating is crucial for remaining in top shape for climbing and avoiding dreaded flare-ups that can land me in bed or the hospital. As a woman climber with Celiac it’s an honor to represent one of my favorite makers of a gluten-free food made ideal to bring on any adventure!

@jenshultz www.jenschonert.com

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CODY HOWARD

Outdoor Photographer
Adventure enthusiast, freelance photographer, and self proclaimed coffee connoisseur. I spent my childhood exploring the great plains of Kansas. Today, base camp is in Chicago with my wife, Sarah. 
 
I have loved photography for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I realized each photograph is a chance to share my perspective of the moment that it became a passion. Whenever possible I’m exploring new places, camera in tow! 
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TAMMY WILSON

Climber & Adventurer

Tammy Wilson lives and explore in Mammoth Lakes, CA! Climbing is my main activity I occupy my time with but I also enjoy going on hikes around the Sierra. In the winter months I love to get out and snowboard, and take my dog snowshoeing. Photography is also a passion of mine, I make sure to bring the camera along for all of my adventures! @tammyfaye

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LUKE HYCE

Outdoor Enthusiast

Born and raised in Alaska, Luke enjoys breathtaking vistas, midnight-sun bonfires, winters —€” for their lack of mosquitos —€” and forging stories from exploration. His family and mentors passed on an appreciation for art and creativity, a passion for wilderness, an addiction to animal companionship and a love of science and health. He moved to Colorado to attend college and, on the highways and back roads of the Rocky Mountains, discovered an endless network of adventure. Lead by his passion for storytelling and the planet, He currently studies journalism and environmental affairs. When he’€™s not hitting the books in Colorado or wandering the fjords of Alaska, Luke is hopping on jets to explore international landscapes. He’€™s left tracks on Spain’€™s Camino de Santiago, South Africa’€™s bushveld, Belize’s rainforest floor and Iceland’€™s volcanic interior. Each journey he completes only inspires more, pushing him to learn new skills in adventure sport, outdoor leadership and story forming. @luke_hyce

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NICHOLE BAKER

Pathologist & Mountain Biker

As a pathologist Assistant, Nichole spends much of her day in the Laboratory, and wants to use her knowledge to improve global health in under-served countries.  Recently she has endeavored to take her interest in global health to the next level to start the non-profit organization, Path of Logic.  In her free time she is passionate about the outdoors and mountain biking.  “I’m excited to blend my passions to creatively give back to our local and global communities”        

pathoflogic.org

nicholebblog.wordpress.com

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CHRISSI SHEW

Skydiver & OCR Athlete

I am a professional licensed skydiver with over 400 skydives, an Elite Obstacle Course Racing Athlete, a Nurse and Military Veteran.  It’s amazing getting to travel, hike, and explore new places to skydive and race. I am privileged that I get to experience the world from the perspective of 14,000 feet falling through the clouds with a parachute, to hiking the mountains in the pacific northwest, to seeing the many colors of the fish 40 feet under water in the Caribbean while scuba diving, to crossing the country in a flock of BlackHawk helicopters on a military mission, and getting to experience the beautiful scenery during obstacle course races from the flatter flowered covered lands in Texas to the top of Mount Killington in Vermont. I get to push myself to a level of fitness I never even thought existed. My fitness journey resulted in a top 20 Spartan Race Elite placement for the US Stadium point series for 2016, a podium finish at the Tristate Battlefrog Race, and multiple top 10 elite finishes in Spartan Races and Savage Races. When you put your whole heart into something, you can accomplish anything. I’m looking forward to future adventures and what life has in store for me.

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ROBYN STEVENS

Professional Runner

Born and raised among the Sierra Mountains and the eclectic lifestyles of the Bay Area, nature and my family is the “€˜home”€™ where my heart is. I started running when I was in Middle School because XC allowed me to run freely through dirt, sticks, and over rocks. When my parents told me I had to pick between dance and Track & Field, I began racewalking because it reminded me of a dance. My first time being quoted in the newspaper is when the reporter asked me what I think about when I run, I was 12-years-old: “Hello trees! Hello flowers!”€” Ha, my passion for the outdoor activities is in this bird’€™s nature. My athletic, professional, and creative interests take me exploring worldwide. When I’m not running or racewalking kilometers upon miles, I’m: – Dreaming up costume designs inspired by characters my boyfriend (a professional writer) introduces to the world in his novels and short stories. I wear them. – Snapping photos with my beloved camera or whatever image-capturing device I can get my hands on. – Assisting photographers and directors with lighting, production, acquiring marketing material, and editing. I LOVE being around other Creatives and Explorers, meeting new people, and giving dogs skritches behind the ears and belly rubs.

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ADAEZE NOELLE

Traveler & Writer

Adaeze (pronounced “uh-daisy,” like a flower) is an adventure-hearted singer/songwriter working full-time as a worship leader in Colorado. When she’s not musician-ing, you can usually find her galavanting around the mountains of what she’s dubbed the perfect-for-her state. She’s out exploring weekly, and does freelance photo ambassador work on the side. A vibrant lover of travel, snowboarding, and the color turquoise, Adaeze stays active and busy, and has a blast doing so. She enjoys creating in many forms, like using her iPhone to capture her adventures and making art and designing with her own handwriting. You can check out her blog at shetheadventurous.com.

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TEAM HEXT

Spartan Racing Team
Team Hext was founded in Nova Scotia, Canada in 2013 and has grown to become one of the most recognizable elite teams in the Obstacle Course Racing community. Currently consisting of 6 members, Team Hext believes in promoting positive outdoor living blended with active physical training while enjoying the adventures along the way. Their members live across North America but travel to meet up with each other for races and training.
 
Team Hext members can be found racing and training for Obstacle Course Races but also road races, multisport, and ultra marathons. Notable OCR accomplishments include all members qualifying for both OCRWC and Spartan Race World Championships in 2014, all members with top 10 finishes, and podiums in Charlotte (2015) and Miami (2015).
 
 
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BRITTANY HAYES

Travel & Adventure Photographer

New Hampshire-based travel & adventure photographer who loves coffee, dogs, trip-planning, and live music. On a mission to see the world little by little.

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BRlAN YENSHO

Spartan Racer

My name is Brian Yensho II. I was born in Columbus, Ohio and lived in six different states. I currently reside in Indianapolis, Indiana where I am working and attending school.  Growing up I have always tried to be very active and I was captain of my high school gymnastics team. I was a member of the Gymnastics Club Team at Indiana University where I earned two Bachelor’s Degrees, became a licensed USA Swimming and Diving Coach and was a Lifeguard Instructor for the American Red Cross at Indiana University.  After completing my bachelor’s degrees at Indiana University, I transferred to Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana where I am currently finishing my Doctorate in Pharmacy.  I am over half way finished with my current program and will be a Pharmacist very soon.

I am also a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a Spartan Racer and a Spartan Races Ambassador,  and a member of the Corn Fed Spartans Racing Team (the largest Street Racing, Trail Racing, and OCR Racing Team in the entire United States).

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LIZZY VANPATTEN

Climber and Guide
My name is Lizzy VanPatten. I am a 27 year-old from Marysville, Washington – climbing, guiding, and playing music at different climbing areas throughout the world. 
In October of 2014, after graduating with degrees in Mathematics and Political Science from Western Washington University, I set off on a solo mission to South America with one plan – to explore Patagonia. For months I lived in the mountains, disconnected from comforts, wifi, a bed and everyone I knew. After living out of a backpack for 6 months and being more joyful than I have ever been I quickly realized that my world would never be the same again. 
Since my first trip to South America nearly everything about how I choose to live my life has changed. I sold the majority of my belongings and moved into my van, traveling with the seasons to explore different climbing areas. I have since returned to Patagonia, explored the Bugaboos, summited peaks in the North Cascades, adventured in the Utah desert, guided clinics at Smith Rock, and scared myself on the big walls of Yosemite. 
In recent years I began guiding in hopes of showing people, especially women, how powerful they are. 
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JOSH DARLING

Student and Fisherman

 

The lure of the wild is, I believe, inherent to human nature. Any opposition to this is probably owed to lack of exposure. I’m sure that if you are reading this, you are like me, and would love nothing more than to live a life where each morning wakes you to a new horizon. And for many of us, this seems a far-fetched dream, for we are tethered by responsibility, finances, and family. But what defines us is how we react to these limitations. Not everyone should take up their bed and devote him or herself to nomadic living. Because family and friends are gifts, and a right amount of contentment teaches patience. But an assertive will can supplement the thrill of unending travel. Step outside instead of sitting on the couch living vicariously through Instagram feeds. There is wild to see. I have explored and fly fished all over the states from the seemingly endless rivers of Montana, through the west coast’s streams, the warm fisheries of Texas, up into the waterways of Maine, and to the coasts of the Hawaiian Islands. And now I am home, on Pennsylvania’s limestone spring creeks, starting a family, and living the dream. I am a student, a worship leader at a local church, a fisherman, and a husband. It’s my home, and I love it. My boots will remain forever damp, my fly box half empty, and my heart full.

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Interested in being a Munk Pack Athlete & Explorer? Email smile@munkpack.com for an application!